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Why GFA chose Tamale for Ghana-Guinea game

Sports News of Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Source: Daily Guide

Nyantakyi GFA Chair

The 2014 World Cup Commission of Inquiry has questioned why Ghana will be hosting their Guinean counterparts in their Nations Cup qualifier return leg at the Tamale Stadium instead of the usual Baba Yara Stadium.

It is rumored that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is relocating the match up north due to the low patronage and how unfriendly the crowd was when the Black Stars last hosted Uganda in Kumasi.

But the GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi responded by saying that the decision to move to Tamale has nothing to do with the ‘Oseikrom rejection’.

He explained that it forms part of his outfit’s rotational policy to play Black Stars matches at all the country’s major stadia provided it is in a good condition and meets international football requirements.

“Not at all, it is not because of the rejection in Kumasi, it is a rotational policy and we want to stick to that.

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“The Kumasi rejection was like a pinch on the players. Togo was even friendlier than Kumasi. Some even suggested we play our home matches in Togo, but home is home, it doesn’t mean we have abandoned the Kumasi stadium forever,” Nyantakyi said.

Ghana will welcome their Guinean counterparts to the Tamale Stadium on October 18 – a week after the first leg in Morocco.